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EcoStruxure Building Management Systems for warehouses

Schneider Electric is introducing EcoStruxure Building Management Systems (BMS) for warehouses as part of a new offering to improve connectivity for future-ready warehouse operations and deliver greater efficiency and resiliency for the logistics industry. With the logistics industry under pressure from increasing volumes and supply chain challenges, ensuring process efficiencies and robust operations are critical to meet the expectations of…

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Reimagining CMMS

17.11.2021, 13:26 Reimagining CMMS Facilio has launched an enterprise-level version of its AI-driven property operations and CMMS platform. The new platform reimagines the company’s legacy CMMS/CaFM (Computerized Maintenance Management System/Computer-Aided Facility Management) software offering by extending its capabilities beyond offering records of assets and maintenance schedule management to creating a unified solution which focuses on connecting systems, people and processes…

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Improving IAQ and Combating Covid-19

27.10.2021, 16:06 Improving IAQ and Combating Covid-19 Rockwell Automation and air purifying leader The Pyure Company have announced a five-year strategic collaboration to develop solutions for improving indoor air quality and checking the spread of COVID-19. As the pandemic has accelerated the need for companies to become more resilient, agile, and sustainable, Pyure has integrated Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and…

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Door Hardware and Hygiene in Public Buildings

19.10.2021, 09:07 Door Hardware and Hygiene in Public Buildings Daniel May, director, Consort Architectural Hardware, discusses the contribution of door hardware to maintaining hygiene in public facilities. Health and hygiene are delicate themes, particularly in today’s settings. Both our homes and public building environments can have a huge impact on our wellbeing, and over the past few years, this fact…

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University of Leicester Data Centre FM Contract

14.09.2021, 13:00 University of Leicester Data Centre FM Contract The University of Leicester has appointed Keysource on a three-year extendable contract to provide critical facilities management services for its data centre. Under the terms of the contract which was awarded through the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) Framework for the provision of Data Centre Management equipment and Infrastructure, Keysource which…

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Kickstarting Customer Journeys to Net Zero

14.09.2021, 08:55 Kickstarting Customer Journeys to Net Zero Mitie has introduced new ‘Plan Zero BoltON’ packages to support existing clients with meeting their decarbonisation targets. The options for existing client accounts focus on four, distinct pathways; namely “Pulse” for remote building management, “Shine” for photovoltaic (solar) energy, “Glow” for lighting optimisation and “Charge” for electic vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, which…

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Smart Multi-Dwelling Units: What Facility Managers Need to Know

13.08.2021, 12:26 Smart Multi-Dwelling Units: What Facility Managers Need to Know Mitch Klein, executive director of The Z-Wave Alliance – an industry initiative to promote Z-Wave as the global standard for interoperability, considers the impact of smart building technology on MDU management. Technology for the smart home is a highly-requested feature for smart MDU spaces (which are otherwise referred to…

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The Need for Forklift Safety

12.08.2021, 14:39 The Need for Forklift Safety Paul Mulcahy, QHSE Manager at Toyota Material Handling UK, explains why vigilance is needed to prevent accidents involving forklift trucks. Despite the noteworthy efforts over many years of such respected organisations as the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) to shine a…

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Driving Sustainable Change

29.07.2021, 02:10 Driving Sustainable Change As part of its future fleet strategy, SPIE UK has announced the rollout of 60 new Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicles. The purchase is part of a wider strategy set by the company to replacing 98 per cent of its fleet with alternative fuel vehicles by 2025, and reinforces a commitment across the group to reduce…

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Taking IAQ Monitoring to Operators of Commercial Property

27.07.2021, 13:00 Taking IAQ Monitoring to Operators of Commercial Property Airthings’ indoor air quality monitoring solutions will be offered by over 500 channel partners of Carrier brand, and fire and security specialist, Edwards in the United States and Canada under a new distribution partnership. Airthings is recognised as a global leader in IAQ solutions and energy-saving technology, with Edwards recognised as…

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Making Sense of Particulate Matter

15.07.2021, 16:47 Making Sense of Particulate Matter Stacey Lucas explains how a technology used to protect building users during the Covid-19 pandemic is also used to monitor CO2 levels in indoor air. The Covid-19 pandemic has focused attention on indoor air quality (IAQ) and the role of particulate monitoring as a marker of unhealthy building occupancy levels, in particular. However,…

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Planon Inaugurates Nijmegen Campus

06.07.2021, 10:53 Planon Inaugurates Nijmegen Campus Planon has opened a new state-of-the-art Innovation Campus in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The new building features a bar, gym and vegetable garden to promote social interaction, health and well-being, and is connected to the company’s headquarters in the city by a large ‘biophilic’ greenhouse constructed from glass and steel that has been dubbed “Planon Jungle” and…

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Optimised Hospital Lighting Achieves Savings

05.07.2021, 09:14 Optimised Hospital Lighting Achieves Savings As part of a £4 million energy performance contract with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), Veolia has upgraded lighting at Lincoln County Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, and Grantham and District Hospital.   The new lighting systems will enhance the patient care environment, cut carbon, deliver a 91% energy saving, and electrical…

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A Leader in IoT Predictive Maintenance

28.06.2021, 08:51 A Leader in IoT Predictive Maintenance Gartner has named Cloudfm a global leader in IoT enabled predictive maintenance in a new report on the benefits of the technology and its role in digital transformation across different industries.   Gartner highlights Cloudfm’s role in disrupting and innovating in this market space. Cloudfm has led the industry in Introducing the…

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Future Defence Infrastructure Services Programme Contract

15.06.2021, 07:27 Future Defence Infrastructure Services Programme Contract Mitie has won a new seven-year contract to deliver maintenance services on the UK’s Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) programme for sites across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which has made the award, has the option to extend the contract for a further three years. The contract is…

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Appointment of Director of Cleaning Services

07.06.2021, 15:30 Appointment of Director of Cleaning Services Mitie has welcomed British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) Chair, Lorraine Davis, as its Director of Cleaning Services. Davis has over 40 years’ experience in the cleaning industry, working in a number of operational and business development roles in complex environments, such as healthcare and education. In 2019, Davis was appointed to…

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Supporting Workplace Optimization with Real-time Insights

27.05.2021, 20:33 Supporting Workplace Optimization with Real-time Insights Workplace asset management SaaS provider iOFFICE and IoT sensor company VergeSense have announced a new partnership. As employees in many countries return to the office, businesses are under intense pressure to provide safe, sanitized workspaces that also reflect the flexibility and autonomy employees gained while working from home – as well as…

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New Smart Building Starter Kit

19.05.2021, 09:52 New Smart Building Starter Kit A smart building ‘starter kit’ from PropTech company Metrikus and partners Disruptive Technologies, Awair and Yanzi, offers a taster of the meaningful insights sensors can provide into building usage patterns. Intended to help customers overcome the initial hurdle of upgrading their real estate into smart buildings, the wireless sensors, which are manufactured by…

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Achieving Better IAQ

14.05.2021, 15:33 Achieving Better IAQ Jamie Cameron, Director of Digital Solutions at Johnson Controls UK & Ireland, comments on recent calls for a post-Covid ‘revolution’ in building indoor air quality. Following the publication by leading scientists writing in the journal Science of calls for a post-Covid revolution in building air quality implementing smart technology is the next logical step in the fight…

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Managing Lockers Smartly

13.05.2021, 04:20 Managing Lockers Smartly Digital visitor management solutions company Vpod is offering innovative smart locker solutions in partnership with locker manufacturer Gantner and intelligent storage infrastructure developer TZ SMArt Lockers.   By integrating Gantner’s secure smart lock system for locker management with its Vgreet visitor management and Vdesk front of house platforms, the company is extending the reach and…

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Why Occupancy is the Foundation of Healthy Buildings

11.05.2021, 16:09 Why Occupancy is the Foundation of Healthy Buildings Mark Bouldin, a healthy buildings specialist at Johnson Controls, explains why Covid-19 is changing attitudes to healthy buildings forever.   In the last year, we’ve come to realise more than ever that we spend most of our lives indoors – and that the buildings where we spend our time have…

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Packaging Automation and The Food Industry

11.05.2021, 00:35 Packaging Automation and The Food Industry The global food packaging industry is becoming a key benefactor of the migration of automation technology and innovation.   Although many business are struggling from the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, the food processing industry appears to be bucking the general trend with many manufacturers reporting drastic increases in demand as people…

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Optimising Building Operations with the IoT

Over 30 per cent of energy is wasted from poorly performing or operating equipment within a building, despite the focus on improving efficiency and saving energy within facilities management. Although the need for greater efficiencies is not new, with the advances which have accompanied the development of IoT-based asset management applications, it is largely unnecessary as evidence-based data from the…

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All New TORSUS PRAETORIAN

04.05.2021, 13:06 All New TORSUS PRAETORIAN TORSUS has announced the specifications of its all-new 2021 TORSUS PRAETORIAN off-road bus for logistics applications in extreme environments. Designed to transport personnel and equipment safely across the world’s harshest environments, the PRAETORIAN is a 4×4 off-road bus based on an upgraded, heavy-duty MAN chassis. It is powered by a six-cylinder MAN diesel engine…

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Achieving Competitiveness with Communication

21.04.2021, 14:54 Achieving Competitiveness with Communication Klaus Allion, ANT Telecom managing director, explains how effective communication can unlock productivity gains for organisations operating with fewer onsite staff post-Covid-19. It’s fair to say that businesses across all industries haven’t had it easy lately. Not only having to contend with the fallout from a global pandemic, but also the repercussions of Brexit,…

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Smoker Detection in Residential Buildings

14.04.2021, 18:51 Smoker Detection in Residential Buildings Sensor manufacturer FreshAir has launched an innovative smoking and marijuana detection system for apartment buildings, public housing complexes and other high-occupancy residential settings. The FreshAir1 Smoking Detection System is also being marketed at building owners and operators with enforceable no-smoking policies, and as a solution for protecting infrastructure investments, protecting residents from unwanted…

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In-sourcing for Business Growth

12.04.2021, 14:52 In-sourcing for Business Growth Although predicting the post-Covid-19 trading environment is anything but an exact science, many businesses can achieve greater control by reducing their reliance on third-party service providers. Bringing non-critical next step processes and practices in-house is becoming popular with businesses that have experienced supply chain disruption and price inflation during the pandemic. And, although it…

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Delivering Smart, Healthy and Sustainable Buildings

08.04.2021, 23:37 Delivering Smart, Healthy and Sustainable Buildings A partnership between IoT service provider Pelion and Johnson Controls is set to accelerate innovation in building connectivity, security and intelligence.   Focusing on extending the capabilities of Johnson Controls’ OpenBlue technology, the cooperation will pursue changes similar to those that have been achieved within the automotive sector where software, multiple sensors…

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Healthy Building System

29.03.2021, 09:08 Healthy Building System Infogrid has launched workplace environmental data aggregator Healthy Building System, together with findings from a OnePoll survey suggesting half of UK adults are unsure about returning to their workplace.   The solution from Infogrid uses sensors to collect data on indoor environmental parameters, including air quality, water safety, occupancy, cleanliness, and occupant feedback – which…

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North West Anglia Hospitals Contract

24.03.2021, 11:41 North West Anglia Hospitals Contract Mitie has been awarded a new five-year contract to deliver facilities management and catering services at hospitals operated by North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust. The contract which is worth £4.2 million annually includes an extension option for up to a further two years, and will see the company add portering to its…

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Lift and Escalator Maintenance at London DLR Stations

23.03.2021, 21:51 Lift and Escalator Maintenance at London DLR Stations PropTech provider WeMaintain has signed a four-year contract with KeolisAmey Docklands (KAD) for the provision of lift and escalator maintenance solutions to all London Docklands Light Railway (DLR) stations.      The agreement will see the Paris and London based company provide maintenance services covering 86 lifts and 30 escalators…

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